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The City of St. Augustine has received an executed lease agreement for Fish Island Preserve from the state of Florida. This means that the City is now officially the manager of the property, granting the City full responsibility of maintaining the Island.
The next step in the process of opening Fish Island Preserve to the public is for the City to request permission from the State of Florida to construct a small (4-5 vehicles) temporary parking area at the end of South Plantation Island Drive. Once that is finalized, the City will officially be able to open the property to the public. However, the site currently remains closed to the public until that time.
“Fish Island Preserve is a rich natural and cultural resource for the City of St. Augustine,” said J.B. Miller, Land Management Coordinator. “We are very excited that we are now one step closer to being able to open this valuable resource to the public.”
Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) requires that a management plan be submitted for approval within 10 months of an executed lease. This lease between the City and the State of Florida includes a description of the land, duration of time the City will manage it, how the land may be used, and more.
Fish Island Preserve, located at the east end of the 312 Bridge, is a park with trails, beautiful views, and a rich cultural history. The City of St. Augustine, with considerable community support and numerous partners, has worked tirelessly in the acquisition and cleanup of this island. A complete list of partners is available on the Fish Island web page.
For questions, contact J.B. Miller, Land Management Coordinator, via email at FishIsland@CityStAug.com, or call 904.209.4270.